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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gift Extravaganza: Books for Dudes

Dudes of all ages, in fact! Guys can be difficult to buy for under the best of circumstances, but buying books can be especially tricky, especially for guys who don't read all that much. These books have all been given the guy-friendly seal of approval from guys I know and many are the first book in a series, so hopefully this will provide gift-giving inspiration for the next few holidays.

*Note: all books mentioned in this guide are books I own already.*

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Don't let the baby carriage fool you, A Dirty Job is a wry, darkly funny book about death. Charlie is happy with his life as the owner of a secondhand store until he gets the mother of all promotions; he becomes Death. And the story just takes off from there. This is a good one to ask for for yourself, not just to get as a gift for someone else.

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
Not only is this book a great adventure story, it's also illustrated! Lot of little cartoon-like illustrations are peppered throughout the book, which is long enough to really get engrossed in, and it only adds to the reading experience. This is the story of the first 13 1/2 of Captain Bluebear's 27 lives, and it's a great introduction to books by Walter Moers. When the recipient of this book finishes it, odds are they'll want to go back to the beginning and start it again. So much fun!

Tokyo Suckerpunch: A Billy Chaka Adventure
Billy Chaka is a reporter for Asian teen magazine Youth in Asia, and with that kind of wordplay the tone of the book should be pretty obvious. Billy is in Tokyo to visit a quirky filmmaker friend and cover the 19-and-Under Handicapped Martial Arts Championship. Instead his friend gets murdered, his dream girl rolls in, and things really get wacky after that. There are three other books in this series, and Tokyo Suckerpunch will definitely leave your recipient wanting more.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
I am so in love with this series! The action starts at the beginning and doesn't let up until the end, and that holds true for all three books in the series so far. Skulduggery Pleasant is a skeleton detective with a variety of special talents and abilities; Stephanie Edgely is 12 and becomes Mr. Pleasant's ward after being orphaned. The story is well-woven and the books are engaging and funny; older dudes and younger dudes alike will find something to enjoy here.

Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
I loved this series growing up, and I love revisiting it now as an adult. It's the story of fighting dragons and teenage adventures, and would be a great pick for a younger guy or as I like to think of the situation, a dude in training. I've given this book as a gift before and gotten a great response.

On tap for holiday cheer today is the classing "Patrick Swayze Christmas" from MST3K's earlier years. Although Patrick Swayze is now the cooler in heaven, his movies will be hilarious and fun at the same time for years to come. The song rocks, too!


April said...

MST3K? Um yes, you are now the most awesome blogger ever for posting an MST3k video (I heart Crow, LOL)

celi.a said...

Great idea! I've been seeing all of these lists around the blogosphere, and was wondering when one for the dude in our lives would show up. I may have to steal the idea...as I've got 4 dudes in my immediate family and therefore have lots of ideas (and need more help!).

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